Health Alert

Measles Alert

To:      Vermont Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, and Ambulatory Care Centers
From:  Patsy Kelso, PhD, State Epidemiologist for Infectious Disease
Date:   June 07, 2011

– Please Distribute Widely –        

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a laboratory-confirmed case of measles in an unvaccinated individual from Southeastern Vermont. Onset of fever and rash occurred on May 23, 2011 and the individual was likely infectious from May 19 through May 27. The incubation period for measles averages 10 to 12 days. Rash onset averages 14 days (range, 7-18 days) from exposure.

The Health Department has followed up on the limited exposures that were identified in Vermont. At this time, no secondary cases have been identified. However, measles transmission is occurring in surrounding states, including the Boston, Massachusetts and Albany, New York areas. Of the 118 cases confirmed in the U.S. during the first five months of 2011, 40 percent have resulted in hospitalization. Outbreaks also continue in Europe. France has experienced approximately 10,000 cases reported during the first four months of 2011, including 12 cases of encephalitis, 360 cases of severe measles pneumonia, and six measles-related deaths.

Actions Requested –

For questions related to this advisory, call 802-863-7240 (800-640-4374 in Vermont).

For more information on measles:

Return to Top